Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Can skinny and bread go in the same sentence?  Yep! Here’s a recipe I found on Pinterest for skinny chocolate chip banana bread that I’ve made several times; so I can definitely tell you its yummy!  It comes out really tasty and it’s lower in calories than regular banana bread so you won’t feel that guilty for having a slice with coffee in the morning 😉 So, if you have a few ripe bananas laying around put them to use!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce OR you can use one 6 ounce container of low carb yogurt
  • 1 tbsp reduced fat butter
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat white flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup Splenda Granulated Sugar (or you can use another sweetener or sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup semi-sweet dark chocolate mini chocolate chips
I used half brown sugar and half Truvia baking blend sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 330 degrees.
  2. Spray two loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. I used regular sized loaf pans or you could use mini loaf pans.
  3. In a small bowl, mash bananas using a fork and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream butter, applesauce or (yogurt if using in place of applesauce), vanilla, and brown sugar, and Splenda.
  5. Add in egg whites and mashed bananas to wet ingredients and beat with a mixer on medium speed for 2-3 minutes.
  6. In a separate bowl, add whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Using a wire whisk, gently mix dry ingredients together.
  7. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix together until blended but not over mixed.
  8. Fold in chocolate chips to mixture.
  9. Transfer mixture evenly into the two loaf pans. Both pans should only be about ½ full with mixture. If using mini loaf pans, the mixture should make 4 mini loafs.
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes until a fork inserted in the middle of chocolate chip banana bread loaf comes out clean. If using mini loaf pans, bake for only 25-30 minutes.
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